Em­bassy crit­i­cizes hege­monic men­tal­ity

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US of­fi­cials’ re­marks in Aus­tralia are un­war­ranted at­tacks and slan­der against China, which ex­posed the lin­ger­ing hege­monic men­tal­ity of cer­tain forces in the US, the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Aus­tralia has said.

“Their in­ten­tion is doomed to fail,” reads a state­ment the em­bassy re­leased on its web­site on Sun­day.

US De­fense Sec­re­tary Mark Esper and Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo met their Australian coun­ter­parts in Sydney on Sun­day at an an­nual se­cu­rity fo­rum, Reuters re­ported.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Esper ac­cused China of “desta­bi­liz­ing the Indo-pa­cific re­gion with preda­tory eco­nomics, in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty theft” and “weaponiz­ing the global com­mons.”

In re­sponse, the Chi­nese Em­bassy said that the sit­u­a­tion in the South China Sea re­mains gen­er­ally sta­ble, and it is the forces from out­side of the re­gion like the US that are stirring up trou­bles and sow­ing dis­cord with ill in­ten­tions.

These be­hav­iors will only dis­rupt the sit­u­a­tion in the South China Sea and un­der­mine re­gional peace and sta­bil­ity, the em­bassy said, not­ing that coun­tries and peo­ple within the re­gion will never buy a sin­gle word of what they said.

Esper also said that he wants to de­ploy in­ter­me­di­ate–range mis­siles at var­i­ous Asia-pa­cific sites within months fol­low­ing the US with­drawal from the In­ter­me­di­ate-range Nu­clear Forces (INF) treaty with Rus­sia, AP re­ported.

“The uni­lat­eral with­drawal of the US from the INF Treaty has been widely crit­i­cized by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. As the world’s largest nu­clear arse­nal pos­ses­sor, the US has spe­cial and pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment,” the Chi­nese Em­bassy said.

In­stead of es­cap­ing from its own re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, the US should con­tinue to dras­ti­cally re­duce its nu­clear arms, so as to cre­ate nec­es­sary con­di­tions for other coun­tries to par­tic­i­pate in nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment ne­go­ti­a­tions, it noted.

Aus­tralia said on Mon­day that it will not host any US mis­sile sites. See also Page 7

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